When you have acquired a taste for dust,
The scent of our first rain,
you're hooked on Africa for life
And you will not be right again
Until you can watch the setting moon
And hear the jackals bark
And know they are around you,
Waiting in the dark.

When you long to see the elephants,
Or to hear the coucal's song
When the moonrise sets your blood on fire
You have been away too long.
It's time to cut the traces loose
And let your heart go free
Beyond that far horizon
Where your spirit yearns to be.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December greetings

collecting coconuts in the village

As this little school is so very far away, I dont get to go there as often as I would like.  Inbetween visits we collect books and school equipment into boxes which we can then deliver on our next trip.  Most of these wonderful boxes are collected by our dear friend Angela Schmidt  who lives in Germany but has taken these children into her heart.

This year  we handed over the funds to rebuild the school room. The roof was blown away in the cyclone of 2007 and the school was managing with makeshift shelters of poles and banana leaves.  I have yet to see the finished building but Lucas, who is managing the project and who ahs two children at the school, assures me that the building is finished and the roof is on.  Congratulations everyone and big heartfelt thanks on behalf of the children, parents and teachers at the school.

Hopefully we will go there in the new year and i can report back with words and photos.  In the meantime thought i would add a few photos from our last trip.

One of Geli's boxes ready to leave Germany

opening boxes at Matsopane School before watchful eyes

thanks Geli xx

brothers and uncles fishing on a reef
in the midday heat


So many more pictures but downloading time is finite so those are for another post.  Any suggestions always appreciated!